The Emerging Picture of Modern American Jewry

By Joshua A. Fishman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1960

The 1960 census revealed demographic information about the American Jewish community that largely corroborated what other, less exhaustive, surveys had predicted. American Jews were shown to be more likely to be middle-class, college-educated, or professional residents especially of the urban Northeast than the general population. These valuable findings, however, show only a small part of American Jewish life, and the author argues for more vigorous research in the coming decade since "Jewish social research represents one of the foundations on which all Jewish communal work rests." Claims about Jewish religion, values, and family structure are at this point hypothetical and can only be justifiably made with additional study in the coming years.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Census, Research, Demography

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1

Page Number(s): 21-34

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Fishman, Joshua A. The Emerging Picture of Modern American Jewry. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1960: 21-34.


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